The Center will focus on thematic areas such as Mathematics and Astronomy in India, Indian Architectural Engineering, Indian Political and Economic Thought, and Indian Aesthetics and Grammatical Traditions.
CHENNAI: The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) has launched a Center for Indian Knowledge Systems. It was inaugurated by Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Chairman, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi and Shri Kumar Tuhin, Managing Director, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, New Delhi.
The Center will focus on four thematic areas:
I. Mathematics and astronomy in India,
II. Architectural Engineering, Vāstu and Śilpa-śāstra,
III. Indian political and economic thought,
IV. Indian aesthetics and grammatical traditions.
Addressing the inaugural event on Saturday, August 6, 2022, Dr. Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Chairman of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), stressed the need for further study of India’s contribution to the world in the fields of science, technology, architecture, linguistics, arts, culture, economics and politics, among other fields, and to disseminate the results to the general public.
Dr. Aditya Kolachana is the Principal Investigator of the Centre. Other IIT Madras faculty members in this center include Prof. Arun Menon, Prof. Manu Santhanam, Prof. Santosh Kumar Sahu, Prof. Sudarsan Padmanabhan, Prof. Rajesh Kumar and Prof. Jyotirmaya Tripathy. The Center is funded by the Indian Knowledge Systems Division, Ministry of Education, Government of India.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Kumar Tuhin, Director General of ICCR, spoke about the importance of collaboration between CIKS, IIT Madras and ICCR to raise international awareness of the rich heritage and culture from India.
Shri Kumar Tuhin and Prof. Raghunathan Rengaswamy have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize the collaboration between ICCR and IIT Madras.
Professor Raghunathan Rengaswamy, Dean (Global Engagement), IIT Madras, urged the Center to conduct quality research on Indian knowledge systems. He also spoke about the role of the Center in creating a conducive environment for foreign students to study in India and in the internationalization of Indian campuses.
Key outcomes envisioned from this center include
Ø Research Outputs: The Center aims to publish quality research related to Indian knowledge systems and disseminate the results by organizing seminars and academic conferences. The research will involve collaborations with academics and external institutions.
Ø Pedagogical Output: The Center will initially design and deliver courses related to the thematic areas to students of IIT Madras. Subsequently, it is expected that these courses will be offered on the NPTEL platform for wider dissemination.
Ø Public awareness: The Center plans to organize workshops to familiarize teachers and students with various aspects of Indian knowledge systems. Additionally, the Center plans to reach out to the public through popular writing, social media posts, and more.